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If you have this popular chicken salad in your fridge, read this recall right now

Updated 1 month ago
Published Oct 23rd, 2022 9:02AM EDT
Chicken salad on a plate
Image: gkrphoto/Adobe

The presence of cashews in food products can be problematic if the ingredient isn’t listed on the label. Cashews are a type of tree nut that can cause severe adverse reactions in people with allergies. We saw a couple of cashew-related recalls in the past few weeks, and it’s now time for a third. Albertsons Companies issued a recall for chicken salad that contain undeclared cashews.

Albertsons chicken salad recall

The company issued a recall for two products: ReadyMeals Chicken Salad Quad and Chicken Salad Sandwich Club Tray. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release is available at this link.

Albertsons prepared the two chicken products in this recall at certain Albertsons and Safeway stores. The firm discovered the issue after a customer reported having an adverse reaction.

Albertsons chicken salad recall: The ReadyMeals Chicken Salad Quad product package.
Albertsons chicken salad recall: The ReadyMeals Chicken Salad Quad product package. Image source: FDA

The company sold the chicken salad from this recall in Albertsons and Safeway stores across several states. Customers in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming should pay attention to the recall.

The following identifiers should help you determine whether you have one of the two products in your refrigerator:

Product Name

Size

Undeclared Allergens

Packaging

UPC

Sell Thru Dates

Store Banners

States

ReadyMeals
Chicken Salad
Quad
12oz Tree Nuts (Cashews) Clear plastic container with four compartments 21352400000 All Sell Thru Dates up to and including
Oct. 20
Albertsons, Safeway CO, NE,
NM, SD,
WY
Chicken Salad
Sandwich Club
18 Inch Tray
Each Tree Nuts (Cashews) Black tray with 16 pre-made sandwiches 29615900000 All Sell Thru Dates up to and including
Oct. 20
Albertsons, Safeway CO, NE,
NM, SD,
WY

Cashew allergies

Tree nut allergies are very common in children and adults. Cashew is just one of the top six tree nuts versions that cause allergies. The list also includes walnut, almond, hazelnut, pecan, and pistachio.

People who are allergic to cashews will risk adverse reactions when eating products like the chicken salad products in this Albertsons recall. Reactions will be similar to symptoms you’d encounter in any food allergy:

  • Tingling or itching in the mouth
  • Hives, itching, or eczema
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, throat, or other parts of the body
  • Wheezing, nasal congestion, or trouble breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting

Moreover, people who suffer from severe allergies can experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening complication:

  • Constriction and tightening of the airways
  • A swollen throat or the sensation of a lump in your throat that makes it difficult to breathe
  • Shock with a severe drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness

What you should do

Albertsons urges customers who are sensitive or allergic to tree nuts and cashews not to eat the two chicken salad products in this recall. They run the risk of developing some of the symptoms above, including anaphylaxis.

Albertsons chicken salad recall: Chicken Salad Sandwich Club Tray product.
Albertsons chicken salad recall: Chicken Salad Sandwich Club Tray product. Image source: FDA

People who are not allergic to cashews can still eat this chicken salad. But storing the products isn’t advised. Their labels do not list cashews, and a visitor with allergies might eat them unaware of the danger.

The company advises buyers to discard the products or return them to their local store for a full refund. Furthermore, people concerned about adverse reactions should consult a doctor.

You’ll find the recall announcement at this link in full, complete with contact information for Albertsons.

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Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.